The Choice between Patriarchy and Women’s Dignity

  • Pragya Chhabria
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  • Pragya Chhabria

    Student at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India

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The article focuses on the link between the decriminalizing of marital rape and how important society considers a husband in a marriage in India where his needs are respected, but a wife’s consent is not. To date, daughters are taught to keep the husband happy and prioritize the husband’s happiness over hers in our society which directly reflects on the mindset of our society and the suffering we are inflicting upon the daughters of our society by asking them to tolerate and suffer anything as long as it is keeping your husband happy, even if it means parting away with your self-respect. The article dwells upon how decriminalization of marital rape is further propagating the patriarchy and strengthening society's narrative of treating your husband as a god, which is quite problematic for society. The article further discusses the counter-arguments that are raised with the criminalization of marital rape and how India is capable of removing those minor obstacles to fulfil the major objective of creating a safe society for women by a small step of criminalizing marital rape in India.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 1, Page 308 - 311


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